OnRaé Watkins, aka OnRaé LaTeal, is a music producer, creative arts educator and videographer holding a B.A. from Howard University's School of Communications in audio production. OnRaé has produced content for national and international commercial broadcast stations including Washington D.C.’s 96.3 WHUR-FM and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. She has worked alongside veteran radio personalities Frank Ski, Michel Wright, Tony Richards, Olivia Fox and John Wesley, while spending consecutive years leading DC's evening show chart as the executive producer of The Weekend Review with Bobby Gailes.
With over eight years of training as a classical instrumentalist, OnRaé made her official music debut in 2014 with OnRaé LaTeal Presents...Libra Season and later formed the hip-hop and soul collective, Aflocentric. The group released their debut album, Libra Season: Aflocentrism with the title track, "Infatuation" currently being aired on radio stations around the world.
As an experienced creative arts education consultant and public programs specialist, she supports local and national organizations’ efforts to produce racially inclusive and diverse programs through OnRaé LaTeal Productions, an A/V production and special programs consulting agency. OnRaé is currently assisting the Arts and Industries Building as Programming and Community Engagement Lead and the Smithsonian’s Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past initiative as Lead Education Coordinator.
OnRaé is also the Co-Founder of the Black Girls Handgames Project, a grassroots program dedicated to using childhood handgames to uplift joy and resiliency for Black girls through music and education. The project revitalizes age old games such as Miss Mary Mack, Gigolo and Rockin' Robin with hip-hop and soulful remixes created by and featuring Black women and girls. OnRaé uses the project to elevate gender equality in the field of music production by teaching teenage girls fundamental skills in beat-making.
Her most recent endeavor to merge the arts and social justice includes the Black Joy Experience, a compilation album of mainstream freedom songs and liberation chants she produced in conjunction with the national activist organization, Black Youth Project 100. Since the album's release in 2018, OnRae has continued to transform sounds from the movement into contemporary music prompting her alias as "The Liberation Music Maker". Her work was further propelled when she began integrating hip-hop music, liberation chants and live footage from DC protests following the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. OnRaé's multi-media work has taken the city by storm serving as the soundtrack of the revolution and on-going ground work of organizers in Washington, DC.
Building from the recent momentum of her art activism, OnRaé has founded Freedom Futures Collective (FFC), a multi-media group of 13 artist activists using music, film, and education to support the movement for ALL Black lives. The collective was conceptualized while receiving a fellowship with one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world, Open Society Foundations (OSF). As an OSF fellow, OnRaé collaborated with FFC members to release a visual and musical album dedicated to highlighting campaigns in DC centering the reimagining of public safety. The album, "We Keep Us Safe" includes 23 original liberation music videos, and short immersive films highlighting the organizing work of DC-based activists groups and abolitionists. "We Keep Us Safe" is available on Youtube and for streaming on all digital music platforms.
You can find her latest work on all music streaming platforms.